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Complexation of DTPA and EDTA with Cd(2+): stability constants and thermodynamic parameters at the soil-water interface

Tanmoy Karak, Ranjit Kumar Paul, Dilip Kumar Das, Romesh Kumar Boruah
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 2016, 188 (12): 670
Two alkaline soils collected from the surface horizon (0-15 cm) of two agricultural fields Lakshmikantapur (LKP; 22° 06' 03″ N and 88° 18' 19″ E) and Diamond Harbour (DHB; 22° 11' N and 88° 14' E) of West Bengal, India were studied to observe the stability of cadmium (Cd) chelate complexes with diethylenetriaminepentaacetatic acid (DTPA) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), removing organic matter (OM). The objective of the present study is "determination of the stability constants and the thermodynamic parameters of Cd-DTPA and Cd-EDTA complexes at different pH and temperatures at the soil-water interface". Complex formation of soil Cd with DTPA and EDTA at the soil-water interface was studied under different ligand-to-metal ratios, pHs and temperatures. Apparent conditional stability constants (log k´) were calculated from the concentrations of Cd chelates and free Cd(2+), estimated by solid phase extraction with an ion exchanger. Standard Gibbs energy (ΔG°), standard enthalpy (ΔH°) and standard entropy (ΔS°) of formation were calculated at three different temperatures. The higher stability constants of Cd-DTPA than Cd-EDTA indicated longer persistence of Cd-DTPA at the soil solution interface than Cd-EDTA complex. Increase of ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS° with progress of temperature revealed that Cd-complex formation was facilitated by temperature. Highly negative ΔG° and positive ΔH° for Cd-complex formation indicated the reaction spontaneous and exothermic. In general, both ligands complexed high percentages of cadmium signalling their role in enhancing remobilization of Cd present in soil and preventing exchange of contaminated Cd from external source with soil mineral matrix; these phenomena may greatly reduce hazard for environment and human health. The result of this study support that DTPA increases solubility and more persistence of Cd in acidic soils within the range of temperature and mole fraction (MF = moles of Cd(2+) / sum of the moles of Cd(2+) and chelating agent) than that of EDTA due to higher capability of complex formation with Cd(2+). Therefore, DTPA enhanced Cd toxicity in acid soils and groundwater. Complex formation in the presence of DTPA at acidic pH decreases with temperature and increases with pH. The higher per cent of Cd complexed in the presence of DTPA revealed that DTPA is a stronger chelating agent than EDTA at acidic pHs. Whereas, the capability of complex formation by EDTA is lower at lower pH but higher at higher pH.


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